The Shetland Islands Council Coastal Communities Grant Funding offers grants of between £5,000 and £150,000 to projects that support the community and economic development of Shetland by investing in infrastructure, community capacity building, developing community assets and encouraging inclusive growth. This means growth that combines improved wellbeing with greater equality, creates opportunities for all and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity fairly.
Coastal Communities funding may be used to help businesses:
- develop and regenerate Shetland communities, including infrastructure and community assets
- create and safeguard sustainable economic growth and jobs
- help rural communities to address issues of poverty, disadvantage and inequality
- contribute to reaching net zero through carbon reduction and renewable energy
- support communities to develop projects that promote and develop local resilience in areas such as food supply, connectivity and energy
- support community development and capacity building
- support opportunities for skills development and learning experiences
- add value to Shetland’s economy through collective efforts such as supporting promotion of local produce and facilities, developing new products and external markets, and improving sustainability
- support strategic community events such as the Tall Ships and Island Games
Grants will be considered for both capital and revenue costs.
Funds from this scheme can be used to pay costs such as:
- buildings (this may include construction costs, upgrades and associated professional fees)
- professional fees
- consents and permissions
- non-recoverable VAT
- new equipment
- participatory budgeting
- salary costs
- project overheads
- volunteer expenses
Applications are only considered from Shetland-based organisations with an open constitution or set of rules that clearly define the organisation’s aims, objectives and procedures. The following types of organisations can apply for grant aid:
- Registered charities
- Community groups
- Voluntary organisations
- Social enterprises
- Local Authority departments
- Other public sector bodies
- Collective interest / industry wide bodies
There are 2 stages to the process:
- Stage 1 is an Expression of Interest – applicants will be required to demonstrate what outcomes and impacts their project will deliver. Projects may be turned down at this point. The Stage 1 application form is available here.
- Stage 2 requires completion of the full application form and is by invitation only (for approved stage 1 applications). Stage 2 applications must include a range of supporting documents and in some instances will also require a business plan or project plan – you should allow time to create this.
Both Stage 1 and 2 applications are assessed by a panel. Panel meetings are normally held quarterly.
You must submit Stage 1 applications no later than 3 weeks before a panel meeting, and Stage 2 applications no later than 8 weeks before the meeting.
Panel dates and application deadlines:
|Panel Meeting||Stage 2 Deadline*||Stage 1 Deadline**|
|Panel 6||13 June 2022||n/a||23 May 2022|
|Panel 7||19 September 2022||25 July 2022||29 August 2022|
|Panel 8||08 December 2022||13 October 2022||17 November 2022|
|Panel 9||13 March 2023||16 January 2023||20 February 2023|
* For previously approved Stage 1 applications.
** Future Stage 1 deadlines after 23 May 2022 will be dependent on the available budget.
Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application shortly after the panel meeting has taken place.
The panel will consider and determine all requests for funding below £50,000. For funding requests of £50,000 or more, the panel recommendation will be presented to Shetland Islands Council for a decision. Future dates for the panel and Shetland Islands Council meetings can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.
For any queries, please get in touch with the team:
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